Schuler’s turning long-vacant Marshall building into modern wedding, event space

  • April 12, 2024

MARSHALL, MI – As she looked at downtown Marshall, Sue Damron saw a need for a place where people could host weddings, corporate events and other celebrations.

So Damron, president/CEO of the historic Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub is creating one.

The company is calling the new space 19 Zero 9, named after the year Schuler’s opened. At 112 N. Eagle St., it’s just down the road from the iconic restaurant. Interior demolition in the building, which will become an indoor venue, began in March , Damron said.

“In Calhoun County, there’s a lot of opportunities to do things outdoors, with some of the barns and wedding venues, but we’ve really seen the lack of resources to be able to do an indoor event for a larger amount of people” Damron said.

Damron doesn’t know the full history of the building, but said it was built in the 1880′s and housed Dreamers Furniture and a Ford dealership many years ago.

Damron hopes to turn the old building into something cleaner and more modern. The project, which includes gutting the interior and putting on a new roof, is expected to cost $2.5 million and be complete by the end of January 2025, Damron said.

The first floor is expected to feature a large reception room accommodating up to 250 seated guests, restrooms, a kitchen and a soft-seating reception area for cocktails and appetizers, Damron said.

The second floor will offer bride and groom’s quarters, private bathrooms, offices and three additional hotel suites. Schuler’s Restaurant also plans to provide exclusive catering in the space, she said.

People interested in inquiring about an event can do so now on 19 Zero 9′s website. Damron estimates it will cost between $3,000 to $5,500 to rent the space.

The third floor of Schuler’s Restaurant was previously

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Wayfair Bedroom Furniture Sale 2024: Save up to 60% on Bed Frames, Nightstands, Dressers and More

  • April 11, 2024

Spring cleaning allows you to take a clear inventory of your home and upon completing that undertaking you may realize your space could use a few updates. Once everything is cleared away, you might see opportunities for enhancement here and there around your space.

If your bedroom in particular could use a refresh, one home sale you definitely don’t want to miss is Wayfair’s Bedroom Sale. For four days only, from April 10 through April 14, Wayfair is discounting everything shoppers need to make their bedroom look and feel new — by up to 60% off.

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Wayfair’s event is especially notable because the online retailer is discounting hundreds of bedroom furniture essentials. Whether you’re moving into a new home and want a magazine-worthy master bedroom or want to switch out a few dated pieces for a trendy, modern room to lay your head in, Wayfair’s Bedroom Sale should be your first stop. The limited-time savings event allows customers to score markdowns on farmhouse-inspired dressers, plush floor rugs, mid-century modern nightstands, stylish bed frames and more. 

Since there are so many deals to sort through this brief savings event, we’ve rounded up the best bedroom furniture deals to shop right now at Wayfair’s Sale. Below, check out our favorite Wayfair deals. 

Best Wayfair Bedroom Sale Deals


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The Best Online Furniture Stores for All Aesthetics and Budgets

  • April 4, 2024
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46 Best Online Furniture Stores to Bookmark, StatPottery Barn

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We live in a culture of online shopping, but for bigger budget items like furniture, pressing “purchase” can be an intimidating thought. That’s why it’s important to have a list of the best online furniture stores on hand. Right now, for homeowners and renters alike, it makes more sense to update home furniture and décor than sell or invest in a new property. People are staying put and finding new and creative ways to reimagine their space. And while you may want to plop onto a comfortable couch or lay on a mattress at the store before making your final purchase, there are tons of online furniture stores you can explore that are just as good—if not better—than in-person shopping.

Whether you want something relatively inexpensive to test out a new trend or are looking for an heirloom piece you’ll use for decades, there are specific furniture stores that will help you secure whatever home items you’re looking for. From lower-cost Amazon interior design gems that are surprisingly high-quality to luxury vintage pieces at 1stDibs, you can find the couch of your dreams (and anything else on your list) while sitting at home. Do you have your eye on a cloud couch dupe, or are you ready to spend thousands on a cozy sectional? Perhaps you’re in the market for a special home décor gift. Whatever your shopping priorities are these days, we’ve bookmarked the 46 best online furniture stores to go to for your next online shopping spree.


You can think of 1stDibs as a virtual hub for vintage and other one-of-a-kind furniture. In fact, it even claims to mimic

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Hotter, quicker, more toxic: Varied construction methods, modern materials change the rules of firefighting

  • April 1, 2024

Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tom Bell can remember watching an informational film early in his training that emphasized the importance of escaping a fire in the first five minutes.

Now, he says, people have closer to three minutes to get out of a burning home safely.

“It’s a new battle that’s out there, and it’s tougher for the firemen,” Bell said.

Throughout 2½ decades as a firefighter, Lower Burrell Fire Company No. 3 Chief Brennan Sites has watched fires get more intense.

“When I started, a lot of the house fires we would go to were mostly room and contents fires, or with some minor extensions. Over my career, I have noticed a lot more intense fires, a lot more rapidly growing fires,” he said. “It’s much more difficult today than it was 25 years ago.”

Modern construction techniques, home layouts and furniture materials, firefighters say, have contributed to hotter fires that burn more rapidly, making them more dangerous for first responders to tackle.

Rapidly burning fires like this week’s devastating blaze in Jeannette that killed a father and four children are emblematic of an increasingly challenging task.

“When you see down there in Jeannette, my heart goes out to those guys,” Bell said. “It’s just one of those things you look at and say, ‘Oh my God — it just burned so fast.’ ”

Construction challenges

Lightweight and synthetic building materials exacerbate the intensity of fires and make buildings more likely to collapse, Sites said.

“A building built in the 1920s can withstand typically more fire because it doesn’t penetrate the structure as quickly as a newer building that is built with lightweight materials,” he said. “That presents dangers to both the occupants inside if there’s a fire, if they don’t get out quick enough, and also firefighters.”

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Apt2B Anniversary Sale 2024: Save Up to 25% on Furniture and Decor for Spring

  • March 31, 2024

If you’ve started spring cleaning, you might be noticing some existing gaps in your furniture and decor. Now is a great time to fill the space in your home because Apt2B is celebrating its anniversary with an epic sale. From best-selling couches to bar carts and nightstands, look no further than the Apt2B Anniversary Sale to score massive savings for the new season.

Until Tuesday, April 9, Apt2B is offering up to 25% off all furniture and decor sitewide. You can get 15% off everything, 20% off orders of $3,000 or more and 25% off your purchase of $4,500 or more. Plus, free shipping is included with everything. 

Shop the Apt2B Sale

No matter which part of your home you’re looking to spruce up, Apt2B has makes it a mission to create beautiful furniture and home decor that not only looks good but is also built to last. The Anniversary Sale at Apt2B is practically a one-stop shop for your furniture shopping this week.

Since high-quality, furniture pieces can be expensive, seasonal savings from your favorite brands are the best way to go when you’re looking to purchase big-ticket items like sectionals, platform beds and credenzas. Whether you’re in the market for a new sleeper sofa, or looking to upgrade your dining room set, shop the best furniture deals from Apt2B’s sale below.

Melrose Reversible Chaise Sofa

Melrose Reversible Chaise Sofa


Melrose Reversible Chaise Sofa

This best-selling sofa offers the versatility you need for rearranging furniture and accommodating any future moves. It’s designed like a traditional sectional, but features a reversible chaise ottoman that can be placed on either end.

Aiken Platform Bed

Aiken Platform Bed


Aiken Platform Bed

This modern platform bed features a contrasting fabric headboard in graphite and is supported by a sturdy frame with smooth, rounded edges.

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Kids Storage Furniture Market Poised to Reach US$ 65.58 Billion by 2033 with a Remarkable 19.7% CAGR: Exploring Growth Factors and Market Dynamics

  • March 30, 2024
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Kids Storage Furniture Market

In 2023, the global kid’s storage furniture market is projected to hit US$ 13 billion, with an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.7%. By 2033, driven by consumer preferences for home improvement over new home purchases amidst escalating housing costs, the market is expected to surge to US$ 65.58 billion.

The children’s furniture sector is witnessing a shift in consumer preferences driven by growing environmental awareness regarding the detrimental impact of plastic. This evolution has spurred market players to seize opportunities in the realm of upscale and designer children’s storage furniture.

Embracing eco-conscious initiatives, manufacturers are exploring alternatives such as recycled plastic materials and repurposed abandoned plastic toys to craft innovative furniture solutions. These fancy and designer storage furniture pieces not only offer aesthetic appeal but also resonate with both children and their parents.

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With a convergence of these factors, the market is poised for significant growth in the foreseeable future, driven by a collective commitment to sustainability and style.

Increasing real estate prices are expected to change the size of both homes and children’s rooms. Therefore, space-saving furniture is gaining traction among parents. This presents growth opportunities for businesses selling lightweight, portable, and easy-to-assemble children’s furniture.

Parents increasingly include multifunctional furniture in nursery rooms, playrooms, and study rooms to store clothes, books, toys, etc. due to the remodeling of these rooms. The market has also seen a growing trend toward 3D-printed furniture, which is expected to further boost industry growth.

Key Takeaways from Market Study

  • The kid’s storage furniture market is expected to register a CAGR of 19.7% over the forecast period.
  • As a result of the high popularity of bookshelves in schools, libraries, labs, learning areas, offices, and
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Find midcentury modern furniture at Coastal Mod in Virginia Beach

  • March 28, 2024

Jonathan Langman used to spend hours a day reading 50 to 100 patents and scientific journals. Now, he researches furniture and art.

After spending 16 years as a patent examiner, Langman left his secure government job to pursue his passion in finding and reselling vintage furniture. In 2022, he opened Coastal Mod Gallery, a store selling high-end vintage furniture and art near the Oceanfront.

Langman’s interest in furniture began in 2006 after visiting his aunt and uncle in New York City.

“The second I walked into their apartment, I was floored,” he said. “They were mid-century modern collectors, and their Lower East Side walkup was filled with the best of the best.”

They exposed Langman to a few designers and inspired him to start searching for some special pieces for his home outside of Fredericksburg. He scoured Craigslist and started collecting.

In 2012, when he moved to Virginia Beach, his hometown, some of the furniture didn’t work in his new home. So, he decided to resell part of his collection. A dealer from Raleigh, North Carolina, bought all his pieces.

Jonathan Langman opened Coastal Mod Gallery, a store selling high-end vintage furniture and art near the Oceanfront, in 2022. (Lee Belote/Freelance)
Jonathan Langman opened Coastal Mod Gallery, a store selling high-end vintage furniture and art near the Oceanfront, in 2022. (Lee Belote/Freelance)

“I thought maybe I can try reselling,” Langman said. “It took a few years of lucrative side hustles and the seed was planted. I built an Instagram page and started selling my new finds in 2015 as Coastal Mod.”

After side hustling for years, Langman eventually left his job to open Coastal Mod. He saw an opportunity amid supply chain issues from the pandemic. Langman said lead times were six to nine months for news chairs and sofas, so many people were discovering vintage furniture.

“I was content selling online with customers all over the country and abroad,” he

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Flexible Furniture Gives Teachers and Students More Opportunities for Collaboration

  • March 25, 2024

Today, the redesigned media center is a world away from the “pink prison” of the past. Flexible furniture accommodates diverse activities. Collaboration spaces equipped with cutting-edge technology foster group projects and presentations. A dedicated tech center empowers students to troubleshoot their peers’ devices and acquire valuable technology skills.

Separate classroom spaces within the media center cater to various learning styles, featuring everything from a stadium seating in one area to movable tables and chairs, and can be used as a conference room ideal for focused discussions.

One of the most significant transformations lies not in the physical space but in the mindset shift. Media specialists, once hesitant to lose the library, are now embracing their new roles as facilitators and guides, creating engaging activities and supporting student-led initiatives.

DIG DEEPER: Tech-savvy librarians provide value to modern students.

The media center is now open before, during and after school, including during senior privilege and lunch periods, fostering a sense of community. A student-operated food and drink concession adds a touch of entrepreneurship and responsibility.

“It’s incredible to see students taking ownership of their learning space,” Wall says. “They understand it’s theirs, and that empowers them to use it responsibly and creatively.”

Furniture Meets Students’ Social, Emotional and Physical Needs

In schools across the country, Patti Clark has seen how the thoughtful selection of furniture can positively impact students. She tells the story of a school in Atlanta, where new seating included movable stools. The teacher would come around to each group, carrying her own stool with her, and talk with students eye to eye.

“The students told me the teacher was spending more one-on-one time with them,” says Clark. “I’m not sure if she actually was, but because she was sitting down on their level instead of looking down at them

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Luxury Furniture Brands For Your Next Interior Design Upgrade

  • March 24, 2024
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Best Luxury Furniture Brands

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There were many interior gems and trends found at Paris Design Week 2024 earlier this year, and it’s time to put them into practice. Craving a new statement chair like the one wrapped in Dedar fabrics via the Invisible collection? Perhaps head to Perigold or Industry West for new upholstery. For the mid-century modern fanatics, the style that has most recently moved en vogue, a treasure trove of delight awaits at Kelly Wearstler and All Modern. Or, did the whimsical presentation at Loro Piana inspire you to have a bit more fun with your interior? For those who are still keen on timelessness, RH is always a good destination.

Regardless of trends, collecting fine furniture pieces has several benefits. Aside from the aesthetics, you are investing in quality. Pieces sold by luxury brands are crafted with intention and care, which means they will often last longer (think decades). True luxury is a mix of high and low, though and team T&C wholeheartedly believes in mastering this art form. But, it is paramount to remember that one’s personal space should be well thought out, curated, and constructed to one’s liking.

Where one begins the search for pieces to ornament a home can be difficult and overwhelming. We’ve curated a list of the best high-end furniture brands to source from in 2024. Whether you’re looking for a bohemian abode or a Scandinavian chalet, here are the 32 best luxury furniture brands to shop from.

Kelly Wearstler

If you’re looking for a furniture brand that merges luxury and design prowess, you’ve found it. American designer Kelly Wearstler melds top-of-the-line craftsmanship with her one-of-a-kind creative vision for items such as this Superluxe Dichotomy Table,

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New Orleans furniture store Hurwitz Mintz turns 100 | Blake Pontchartrain | Gambit Weekly

  • March 21, 2024

Hey Blake,

Hurwitz Mintz furniture store recently advertised its 100th anniversary sale. Who are (or were) the Hurwitz and Mintz in the store’s name?

Dear reader,

Joseph Hurwitz and Morris Mintz were brothers-in-law and Russian Jewish immigrants who came to New Orleans in 1920 and opened their furniture store together soon after. An Oct. 11, 1925 New Orleans Item article advertised their new store at 217-219 Royal St., across from the Hotel Monteleone. The location had been a furniture store in the past, operated by W.G. Tebault.

“Three fundamental principles underlie our business, frame our policy and constitute the essentials of our pledge (to the public),” the owners said in the Item article. “They are quality of merchandise, sound values and real service.”

In later years, Hurwitz Mintz expanded to include the building at 211 Royal St. The business’ name is still visible in tiles on the sidewalk out front, although the location closed after Hurricane Katrina.

Mintz died in 1945, while Hurwitz died in 1965. The business remained in the hands of family members, including Mintz’s son Ellis, who joined in the 1930s by working summers in the furniture warehouse. During his more than 60 years at the helm, the company became one of the leading furniture stores in the region. In the 1970s and 1980s, TV actors Barbara Feldon (best known for “Get Smart”) and “Batman” star Adam West even appeared in commercials for the store.

In 1971, Hurwitz Mintz opened another French Quarter furniture store, called Units, at 227 Chartres St. It sold more contemporary furniture before closing in 2004. In 1974, as the company marked its 50th anniversary, it also opened a new warehouse in the 6000 block of Press Street.

“All of this is being done because in the coming years we feel that even

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